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Full text of scholarly publications from the Middle East in the language of publication including Arabic and Western scripts; more than half are in English. Also includes abstracts from Brill's Encyclopedia of Islam, photographs, maps, etc.
During the summer of 1919, a delegation under the leadership of Oberlin College President Henry Churchill King and Chicago businessman Charles R. Crane travelled to areas of the former Ottoman territories. Their mission was to determine the wishes of the people of the region as their future was being determined by the major powers at the Paris Peace Conference. The King-Crane Commission, as it became known, met delegations and invited written petitions from various religious and political groups. This digital collection unifies the archival records of Commission members for the first time. It also includes resources on conducting research in the collection.
A vast archive featuring the cultural and historical heritage of the Gulf and wider region. It includes archives, maps, manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs in both English and Arabic.
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The Arts of the Book in Central Asia, 14th-16th Centuries by Basil Gray; O. F. Akimushkin
Call Number: Art Library, ND3244 .A77 1979b
Islamic codicology: an introduction to the study of manuscripts in Arabic script by Déroche, François
Call Number: Art Library, Z6605.A6 D4713 2015
Table of Contents:
Introduction -- The writing surface: papyrus and parchment -- The writing surface: paper -- The quires of a codex -- Instruments and preparations used in book production -- Ruling and page layout -- Craftsmen and the making of the manuscript -- Scripts -- Books and their ornamentation -- Bookbinding -- Evidence for the history of a manuscript -- Codicology and the history of collections
The Shahnameh of Shah Tahmasp (Persian: شاهنامه شاهطهماسب) or Houghton Shahnameh is one of the most famous illustrated manuscripts of the Shahnameh, the national epic of Greater Iran, and a high point in the art of the Persian miniature. It is probably the most fully illustrated manuscript of the text ever produced. When created, the manuscript contained 759 pages, 258 of which were miniatures.
Princeton's great Persian Shahnama (Book of Kings) is a beautifully decorated yet relatively unknown manuscript created in 1589-90 in the flourishing cultural center of Shiraz. Held by Princeton University and called the Peck Shahnama after its donor, the work ranks among the finest intact 16th-century Persian manuscripts in the United States.
An online corpus of illustrated manuscripts of the Shahnama, the Persian epic poem composed by Firdausi of Tus in A.D. 1010. The epic became established as an expression of Persian culture and political ethics throughout the Middle Ages, strongly associated with the concept of divinely sanctioned kingly rule. Shahnama are found in libraries, public and private collections across the world; this project gathers information and images of many Shahnama into a single place. The collection includes about 1,500 manuscripts and single pages, 18,000 records of paintings, and 12,000 images.
A project of the Cambridge Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies.
The Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp by Sheila Canby (Introduction by)
Call Number: Art Library Flat, ND3399.F5 S534 2011
One of the most voluminous epics of world literature, the Shahnama (or "Book of Kings") narrates the history of the ancient kings of Iran, from their mythical beginnings to the Arab conquest in 651 CE. Although illustrated copies of the poem were commissioned by numerous Iranian kings, the Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp (r. 1524-1576) is arguably the most important and beautifully illustrated version ever produced. It was created by two generations of the most renowned early-16th-century artists at the royal atelier in Tabriz, the first capital of the Safavid dynasty. Characterized by calligraphy, painting, and illuminations of exquisite quality and artistic originality, the volume is considered one of the highest achievements in the arts of the book. After its creation, the Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp traveled through several royal collections until it was broken up and dispersed in the 20th century. Now, for the first time, all 258 illuminated pages of this famous volume are reproduced in color and close to their original size in this sumptuous facsimilie.